'Silver Lining' provides positive space

ALAMOSA — Someone who likes to see the “silver lining” in the clouds around her, Lisa Wilson decided to invite others to join her in focusing on the positive.

With so much negativity all around, the Alamosa resident felt it was especially important to look for the “silver lining” in life.

“It’s easy to focus on something that doesn’t make you feel good,” Wilson said. “We put life on pause in a positive way.”

Silver Lining, a positivity group, is an open group that meets Wednesday evenings at 5:30 p.m. at the Nestle Toll House Café in downtown Alamosa. Jacki Kennedy has opened up space for the group at Nestle, and whoever wants to come each week is welcome.

Silver Lining also meets virtually on line. See “The Silver Lining” on Facebook.

Wilson said the atmosphere is relaxed and informal, with all who want a positive experience welcome to join in anytime. Bring a notebook and an open mind to share stories and methods of finding the “silver lining.”

Wilson said the group has shared journaling, positive quotes, vision boards, goals and gratitude sessions. They have shared stories of finding the silver lining. They have shared stories of hope and inspiration.

“It’s a positive environment,” Wilson said, “just a positive space.”

Wilson and others post positive quotes and sayings and little videos for the virtual group, those who cannot come together in person each week. For example, she might share a quote on line like “Happiness is good for your health.”

Of course the quote “behind every dark cloud is a silver lining” is key to the group’s existence and inspiration. Silver Linings is described on line as “A place where beautiful minds can come together to share stories of hope and inspiration. A place where you can be yourself and to realize that the sun still shines behind every dark cloud."

Wilson began the positivity group in December because she felt she needed to focus on positive messages and thoughts and wanted to see if anyone wanted to join her. She has been pleasantly surprised and constantly amazed at how the group has taken off. (The virtual Facebook group already has 128 members.)

“The people who come each week are the ones who are meant to be there,” she said. She has invited some who have not yet come, while others she did not know before have shown up to join the group, if only for a single time. It is very informal and welcoming and not yet very large, but hopefully it is a movement that will grow.

Wilson said when she put the offer out there, she believed, “Even if one other person met me, it would still be meaningful.”

The response has shown her that there are many others seeking a positive focus. Wilson said although she began the group, she does not think of it as hers. In fact she would hope it would move along without her if she couldn’t be there. Everyone who wants to get together is welcome, she stressed.

“It’s a real positive space.”

A recent post on Silver Linings is a good reminder, “Always end the day with a positive thought. No matter how had things were, tomorrow’s a fresh opportunity to make it better.”